The New Yorkerest project is here to help you get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to eliminate that bedside stack of New Yorker magazines. Think of all the things you could do with the extra space on your bedside table.
It’s no easy task to narrow an already-crowded roster of amazing New Yorker articles from this year. Alas, a top-47 list would prove unwieldy, so without further ado here are my ten favorite pieces from 2009 (in publication order):
- Getting There from Here: How health-care reform really happens. by Atul Gawande (January 26)
- Hellhole: Is solitary confinement torture? by Atul Gawande (March 30)
- “A Tiny Feast” by Chris Adrian (April 20)
- Brain Games: The Marco Polo of neuroscience. by John Colapinto (May 11)
- The Cost Conundrum: Expensive health care can be harmful. by Atul Gawande (June 1)
- The Kill Company: Behind a war crime in Iraq. by Raffi Khatchadourian (July 6)
- “The Five Wounds” by Kirstin Valdez Quade (July 27)
- Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man? by David Grann (September 7)
- “The Lower River” by Paul Theroux (September 14)
- Testing, Testing: The complex battle to cut health-care costs. by Atul Gawande (December 14)
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